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About rhelm1953

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    Hillsboro Oregon
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    Old Cars, Motorcycles, Golf, Home remodeling
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Plymouth Special deluxe<br />
    1939 Plymouth Pickup


  • Location
    Hillsboro OR
  • Interests
    hot rods, golf, woodworking

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  1. No need to pull the axles to replace the wheel studs. Slide the stud into the hole, add a stack of greased flat washers, flip the lug nut upside down so the flat side is against the washers. As you tighten the bolt the washers will slip against each other and you will draw the stud into the hole. I learned this trick when I was 18 (many decades ago) and the tire shop over torqued the lug bolts on my old Chevy, The bolts started popping as I was driving down the road and I was down to one lug bolt when I pulled in the library parking lot. My Dad showed me how to fix the first one and left me to finish the rest.
  2. Nice truck, the proportions look good and I like the curved bed rail, that's a nice touch. Out of curiosity what are you planning for the cut down corner windows, I can't imagine it will be possible to cut the curved glass.
  3. Sweet! Nice looking car, very well done.
  4. I'm with Bob, I also used the ECI kit and was impressed with the quality and very pleased with the results. The customer service was also excellent when I had a couple of questions.
  5. Yep, what he said, I meant lash not preload...
  6. rhelm1953

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    I'm getting about 18 mpg with my 1950 Plymouth in mostly city driving. This is after a carb rebuild and tune up.
  7. I think Cold Blue has the right idea with checking the pre load adjustment. The symptoms you describe, the free paly in the steering wheel and the speed wobble remind me of an old Datsun 510 I had. Same symptoms, a small adjustment on the preload screw and it all went away. Check the service manual for the correct procedure, follow it and it that does not correct the problem then you are looking at a steering box rebuild. When you check the preload also check the fluid level. My bet is on th preload being wrong, the steering boxes are pretty tough.
  8. These old Mopars do not have a coupler in the steering shaft. It is a solid steel rod from the steering wheel into the steering box. If you have 6" of play at the steering wheel and the pitman arm is not moving then the slack is in the steering box.
  9. I have been driving my 1950 Special Deluxe every day for the last week. I have more cars than drivers so I rotate through the fleet so they all get exercised every couple of weeks. Here it is sitting in the parking lot at work. One of these is not like the others, can you pick out the vintage Plymouth?
  10. It jeep fits in there like it was made for it! I really like the tubular exhaust manifold, it would really look sweet powder coated, the problem is you can't see because of the ugly a$$ intake manifold...
  11. I installed the eci disc brakes and dual master cylinder kit in my 1950 Plymouth. The kit is high quality and bolted in with a minimum of fiddling. I did not use a power booster and the brakes have a good feel and pedal effort.
  12. What's your budget and what is your expectation? Are you looking for aftermarket covers to just slip over the upholstery or do you want to recover the seats? Before you go the seat cover route I would suggest talking to local upholstery shops, having the seats redone may be less expensive than you think.
  13. On the 1950 Plymouth the wiper knob is a press fit on the shaft of the switch with a slot in the top of the shaft for a spring to slip into. The Newport switch had the correct diameter shaft but it was too long and not slotted. Supporting the shaft in a vise I cut it to length and then cut a slot in the shaft with a fine blade hacksaw. I then used a jewelers file to finish the slot to the same size as the original switch. It took maybe 10 minutes and the stock knob just pressed onto the shaft of the new switch.
  14. I have the Newport electric wiper conversion on my 1950 Plymouth and I modified the shaft on the Newport switch to use the stock Plymouth knob. I even kept the switch location in the same awkward location in the center top of the dash! Rich H
  15. I was kind of hoping you were going to go all the way and drop in an RB. I do love the sound of a big block mopar. I still miss the sound of my 70 Charger with a 440, and that was 40 years ago.
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